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‘Rods and ‘Dogs for Turlock’s seniors
Hot Rods and hot dogs
The second annual Hot Rods and Hot Dogs, hosted by the Turlock Senior Citizens, is slated to take place Friday at the Turlock Senior Center (Photo contributed).

School is out and the sun is shining bright throughout California. Over 50 years ago, many young adults in the Central Valley spent their free time going on adventures in their cars, as portrayed in the film American Graffiti. Several spent their time parked at diners, bonding over the good music of the era and classic American meals.

The folks at the Turlock Senior Center are hoping to give the city’s older population a chance at reliving those good times with the second annual Hot Rods and Hot Dogs event on Friday.

“We tried it out last year, and it was a big hit,” said Laura Martin. “We had about 80 people come out, so we’re doing it again… It’s a great time for the community, particularly the seniors.”

Hot Rods and Hot Dogs serves as a fundraiser for the Turlock Senior Citizens, who host events and programs for the local senior population at the Turlock Senior Center at 1191 Cahill Street. For $7, community members can grab a hot dog, a root beer float and a bag of chips as they are treated to the shiny spectacle of classic cars parked outside. There will also be games and prizes for local seniors, and even entertainment courtesy of an Elvis impersonator. 

“The cars are so beautiful. They really make people stop and stare,” Martin said. “And Elvis should be a big draw this year.”

Hot Rods and Hot Dogs will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It comes just a week after the city of Modesto hosted their annual American Graffiti Festival and Car Show, which featured cruising and a parade. With classic car culture running deep throughout California, Friday’s event can allow Turlock’s senior population to join in on the fun.

While the event is open to the public, games and prizes are tailored for the senior community. They also ask that those attending are courteous and let there be enough meals for the seniors in attendance.